Michele J. Sison

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Michele J. Sison
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United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka
Assumed office
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Patricia A. Butenis
United States Ambassador to Lebanon
In office
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Jeffrey D. Feltman
Succeeded by Maura Connelly
United States Ambassador to United Arab Emirates
In office
May 12, 2004 – 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Marcelle Wahba
Succeeded by Martin R. Quinn
Personal details
Born (1959-05-27) May 27, 1959 (age 55)
Arlington, Virginia
Profession Diplomat

Michele J. Sison (born May 27, 1959, in Arlington, Virginia) is the United States Deputy Representative to the United Nations and a career member of the United States Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College and also studied at the London School of Economics (LSE). Ambassador Sison has two daughters in college.[1]

Sison's overseas assignments include service as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d'Affaires, i.e. at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan (1999–2002) and as consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India (1996–1999). She also served at the U.S. Missions in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (1993–1996); Douala, Cameroon (1991–1993); Cotonou, Benin (1988–1991); Lomé, Togo (1984–1988); and Port-au-Prince, Haiti (1982–1984), as well as in Washington. Ambassador Sison is the recipient of numerous U.S. Department of State awards for exceptional service.

Stephen J. Rapp, the United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues and Michele J. Sison are discussing with E. Saravanapavan, Managing Director of the Uthayan newspaper and M. V. Kanamaylnathan, Editor-in-chief at Uthayan Newspapers's Office in Jaffna on 8 January 2014. Some of the bullet holes and portraits of slain staff are visible on the wall behind them.

She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, as Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, on May 6, 2004, and sworn in by Secretary of State Powell on July 12, 2004. Prior to her appointment to the UAE, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of South Asian Affairs, charged with providing broad policy oversight of U.S. relations with Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.[2]

She also had a short stint as chargé d'affaires of Lebanon,[3] before officially becoming the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, in June 2008. Ambassador Sison's assignment in Lebanon ended in August 2010.

She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 29, 2012 for her current position as US ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives .[4]


  1. ^ http://www.nndb.com/people/658/000122292/
  2. ^ "Michele J. Sison: US Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates". Asian Journal. 27 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Chargé d'Affaires a.i. - U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon
  4. ^ http://srilanka.usembassy.gov/ambassador.html Ambassador Michele J. Sison, Embassy of the United States, Sri Lanka and Maldives

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